In order to shorten the link without a chain tool, you need an alternative tool like a hammer, pliers or thin nail. They will assist you in pushing the pin easily. You can position the chain over a socket, and hit it with a hammer. Then, you can now pass the bolt all throughout the open holes.
Do you need a chain tool to replace a chain?
You don’t need any tool whatsoever. You can do this by connecting the master link on the drivetrain’s top side while the chain sits on both chainrings and the cassette. Once you put the master link in place, to connect it completely, just hold the brakes and step on the pedal.
Yes, chainsaw chains can be shortened. If the chain has a master link, simply remove it and the necessary amount of other links to make the chain the correct length. If the chain does not have a master link, you’ll need a special rivet tool to shorten the chain.
How often should I change my bike chain?
The 2,000-Mile Rule. To avoid this accelerated wear of your cassette and chainrings, a general rule of thumb is to replace your bike’s chain every 2,000 miles. Mind you, this is just a starting point. No two chains will wear at exactly the same rate because no two riders treat their chains the same. 4
Bikes that typically do have chains with master links are BMX bikes and one- or three-speed town bikes with internal gears. You can also identify if your chain should have a master link by measuring the width of the gap between the link plates. If the width is 1/8 inch, your chain should have a master rivet.